Motivation is overvalued. In recent years, it has become popular to believe that motivation is the key to success. This idea is based on the misguided belief that people are solely responsible for their own success or failure. However, this view is wrong.
The truth is that environment often matters more than motivation. This is because our environment affects both how motivated we are and what we are capable of doing. For example, if you are working in an unpleasant environment, you are likely to be less motivated and achieve less than if you were working in a more pleasant environment.
In addition, many people are not capable of achieving their full potential unless they have the right motivation and atmosphere in which to work. For example, many people are not able to achieve high levels of performance in challenging environments until they find a challenge that motivates them.
The takeaway from all of this is that motivation is overrated and environment often matters more when it comes to success.